what an arrogant, inhuman, imperialist bigot this godman is! but then maybe its not the person, but the institution of godman-ism that is to blame. this statement by the godman in brazil is almost exactly the same as what the previous godman said in india on diwali day a few years ago, that they brought 'light' to india's darkness. in fact it is the exact opposite: they brought spiritual darkness and satanism to a shining, spiritually advanced civilization.
also, we should stop calling these people 'indians', as it is diluting our brand value, along with that 'south asian' crap. they are native americans.
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They had welcomed the arrival of European priests at the time of the conquest as they were "silently longing" for Christianity, he said.
Millions of tribal Indians are believed to have died as a result of European colonization backed by the Church since Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, through slaughter, disease or enslavement.
Many Indians today struggle for survival, stripped of their traditional ways of life and excluded from society.
"It's arrogant and disrespectful to consider our cultural heritage secondary to theirs," said Jecinaldo Satere Mawe, chief coordinator of the Amazon Indian group Coiab.
Several Indian groups sent a letter to the Pope last week asking for his support in defending their ancestral lands and culture. They said the Indians had suffered a "process of genocide" since the first European colonizers had arrived.
Priests blessed conquistadors as they waged war on the indigenous peoples, although some later defended them and many today are the most vociferous allies of Indians.
"The state used the Church to do the dirty work in colonizing the Indians but they already asked forgiveness for that ... so is the Pope taking back the Church's word?" said Dionito Jose de Souza a leader of the Makuxi tribe in northern Roraima state.